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A vibrantly presented and emotionally charged portrait of the dynamic African leader, this needed tighter narration to close informational gaps. For instance, there is very little mention of F.W. de Klerk, although as the corecipient of the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize (along with Nelson Mandela), he most certainly figured greatly in the peaceful passing of the political baton. It may leave you with a few questions but otherwise captures Mandela's remarkable spirit. It follows him from his early days and tribal education through his work with the African National Congress to his election as Africa's first black president. Produced by Jonathan Demme, this wisely includes poetry of Africa, as much a part of Mandela's story as his own inner strength. Nominated for 1997 Academy Award for Best Documentary. --Rochelle O'Gorman

Cast

Nelson Mandela
Winnie Mandela

  • Genre: Documentaries
  • Director: Angus Gibson
  • Producer: Rykodisc
  • Length: 118 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaMar 21, 1997
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMay 19, 1998
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